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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Addresses the buildup of dead skin cells that can clog pores and result in dry, dull uneven skin Helps exfoliate and remove dead surface skin cells, to reveal fresh skin cells Gently buffs away dead skin cells for smoother, more radiant skin Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Helps create a smoother looking skin texture Helps skin appear more radiant and youthful looking Enables moisturizers to absorb more completely"
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains glycolic acid.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Skin Perfecting Dual Action Face & Body Scrub with 10% Glycolic Acid"
From product name
WIMJ summary for exfoliation

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: glycolic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for evens skin tone

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: glycolic acid

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
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WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: glycerin, sorbitol.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: caprylic/capric triglyceride, phenyl trimethicone.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Anti-aging
Exfoliation
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 100/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
5.9% - 7.2%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a thicker product consistency
4.1% - 5%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
2.5% - 3.1%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
2.4% - 3%
1.9% - 2.4%
An oil from a mixture of different vegetables. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
1.7% - 2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.5% - 1.8%
Used to adjust the product's pH
1.2% - 1.4%
Used to improve product texture and help oil and water mix together
1% - 1.2%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.7% - 1.1%
0.6% - 0.85%
A type of silicone that can decrease loss of moisture from the skin surface. It helps create a nice product texture
0.5% - 0.8%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin, dissolve other ingredients and create a thicker product consistency
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.45% - 0.65%
An oil from a mixture of different vegetables. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.65%
0.5% - 0.75%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.35% - 0.6%
Might be helpful in restoring skin barrier function and, when combined with zinc carbonate and malonic acid, reducing fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating elastin production. Also helps stabilize the product formulation
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.2% - 0.4%
0.25% - 0.5%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.15% - 0.3%
Softens the upper layer of the skin and can support skin barrier function
0.2% - 0.35%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Can help neutralize free radicals and help reduce hyperpigmentation, but the required concentration is likely to be much higher than for the pure form of vitamin C, limiting the ingredient's effectiveness in products
0.2% - 0.35%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.15% - 0.3%
0.15% - 0.25%
Used to stabilize formulations and increase water resistance of sunscreen ingredients. In cosmetics, the polymer form of this compound is used. The polymer's molecules cannot penetrate the skin making the compound safe for use in skin care as long as the monomer residue (which, unlike polyacrylamide, is toxic) in the final product is below 0.2%. It can be irritating for skin
0.2% - 0.35%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.15%
A yellow dye
0.1% - 0.15%
A colorant (dye)
0.05% - 0.1%

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